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  • 1. 
    Who first started to settle in Britain in ca. A.D. 400?
    • A. 

      Celtic druids

    • B. 

      Norman priests

    • C. 

      Roman emperors

    • D. 

      Christian monks

  • 2. 
    In which year is it thought that the British pagan religions had been totally replaced by Christianity? 
    • A. 

      Ca. 499

    • B. 

      Ca. 599

    • C. 

      Ca. 699

    • D. 

      Ca. 799

  • 3. 
    Which of the following is a Christian belief?
    • A. 

      Fatalism

    • B. 

      Fate

    • C. 

      Revenge

    • D. 

      Providence

  • 4. 
    “Animism” was typical of ancient tribes. Which of these options best describes this trend of thought?
    • A. 

      That the energy obtained from meat and fish is vital for one’s spiritual wellbeing

    • B. 

      That it is essential to maintain a positive outlook on life

    • C. 

      That everything has its own soul or spirit

    • D. 

      That humans are part of nature, as an animal species

  • 5. 
    In medieval numerology, which number represented perfection?
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      3

    • C. 

      10

    • D. 

      5

  • 6. 
    In the Anglo-Saxon world, what was considered the worst kind of punishment?
    • A. 

      Torture

    • B. 

      Public humiliation

    • C. 

      Imprisonment

    • D. 

      Exile

  • 7. 
    What was the Anglo-Saxon ritual of gift-giving called?
    • A. 

      Widsith

    • B. 

      Wyrsith

    • C. 

      Wyrd

    • D. 

      Wergild

  • 8. 
    Which of the following was considered a virtue and moral duty in Anglo-Saxon culture?
    • A. 

      Forgiveness

    • B. 

      Compassion for one’s enemy

    • C. 

      Revenge

    • D. 

      Removing of belongings before burial

  • 9. 
    What does the “King and Comitatus” relationship state?
    • A. 

      That the Lord must provide shelter and riches to his thanes in return for protection

    • B. 

      That the King must provide lands and titles to his children

    • C. 

      That the tribe must promise to respect the laws and religion of the King

    • D. 

      That the Lord and his thanes must commit themselves to a life of celibacy

  • 10. 
    Which of these rituals were carried out by Anglo-Saxon warriors before they went into battle?
    • A. 

      Praying

    • B. 

      Meditating

    • C. 

      Boasting

    • D. 

      Dancing

  • 11. 
    Anglo-Saxon epic poems were sung by which highly respected people?
    • A. 

      Scops

    • B. 

      Scaps

    • C. 

      Scips

    • D. 

      Scups

  • 12. 
    The mnemonic function is linked to the oral tradition of Anglo-Saxon literature. What was it used for? 
    • A. 

      To shock readers

    • B. 

      To foreshadow events

    • C. 

      To give hindsight

    • D. 

      To aid memory

  • 13. 
    During the Anglo-Saxon period, the ruling motive of every noble life was what?
    • A. 

      Love of glory

    • B. 

      Family honour

    • C. 

      Wealth and material possessions

    • D. 

      Love of nature

  • 14. 
    In which of these centuries is Beowulf's plot set?
    • A. 

      3rd Century A.D.

    • B. 

      5th Century A.D.

    • C. 

      7th Century A.D.

    • D. 

      10th Century A.D.

  • 15. 
    In which of these centuries is the oral version of the anonymous poem thought to be composed?
    • A. 

      4th Century A.D.

    • B. 

      5th Century A.D.

    • C. 

      8th Century A.D.

    • D. 

      9th Century A.D.

  • 16. 
    When did two Christian scribes write the Beowulf MS.?
    • A. 

      7th Century A.D.

    • B. 

      9th Century A.D.

    • C. 

      10th Century A.D.

    • D. 

      12th Century A.D.

  • 17. 
    Before being moved to the British Museum in 1753, the Beowulf MS. formed part of a collection of medieval manuscripts assembled by which English antiquarian? 
    • A. 

      Sir Robert Bruce Silk

    • B. 

      Sir Robert Bruce Cotton

    • C. 

      Sir Robert Bruce Velvet

    • D. 

      Sir Robert Bruce Jean

  • 18. 
    In which year was the Beowulf MS. badly damaged by a fire at Ashburnham House in Westminster? 
    • A. 

      1730

    • B. 

      1731

    • C. 

      1732

    • D. 

      1733

  • 19. 
    The Beowulf MS. is mainly written in which dialect?
    • A. 

      North Saxon

    • B. 

      East Saxon

    • C. 

      West Saxon

    • D. 

      South Saxon

  • 20. 
    How many verses is Beowulf composed of?
    • A. 

      2045

    • B. 

      4892

    • C. 

      3186

    • D. 

      4573

  • 21. 
    Which of these is not a defining feature of Beowulf’s couplet structure?
    • A. 

      A fairly free number of unstressed syllables

    • B. 

      “Head-rhymes” of syllable-initial sounds

    • C. 

      Two heavily stressed syllables in each unit

    • D. 

      “End-rhymes” of the final syllable sounds

  • 22. 
    In the poem, each verse is divided into two sections, called hemistichs. Which literary device is used to create the pause in between the hemistichs? 
    • A. 

      Haltering

    • B. 

      Parone

    • C. 

      Caesura

    • D. 

      Detention

  • 23. 
    The terms “orcneas” and “ealuscerwen” appear only once in Beowulf. What are they examples of?
    • A. 

      Alliteration

    • B. 

      Compound names

    • C. 

      Personification

    • D. 

      Hapax legomena

  • 24. 
    How would you describe the poem’s elegiac mood?
    • A. 

      Lyrical

    • B. 

      Dignified

    • C. 

      Solemn

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 25. 
    Which of these kennings is not used in Beowulf to refer to the sea?
    • A. 

      Sail-road

    • B. 

      Bath-way

    • C. 

      Whale-path

    • D. 

      Tear-pond

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